June 24th, 2016 - Civil Aviation in Seychelles celebrates 45th anniversary

Exhibition to highlight progress and way forward

The tourism industry in Seychelles took a major turn with the arrival of the first commercial jet, a British Overseas Airways Corporation jet (BOAC) in 1971. For the population of Seychelles the event was historical and unforgettable. On the 04th of July this year, Seychelles is hence celebrating 45 years of civil aviation, a milestone which will be commemorated by an exhibition being hosted by the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA).

Since the beginning, the Seychelles International Airport have developed and expanded to accommodate increases in travelling  passengers  from overseas and local residents alike, whose passion for travel increases year after year. This exhibition will be a portrayal of these developments  from a small airport operation to a multi-operation spanning over four decades of history  since the  first landing of the BOAC VC 10. It is a must see historical journey  illustrated through a compilation of photos to showcase  the different stages of civil aviation and airport achievements; and  the milestones Seychelles have undergone for the past 45 years.  

The display will also feature the construction of the airport, first flights, recent media coverage, and new developments being undertaken for the future. Moreover, the vital contributions of key figures in the development of civil aviation in Seychelles will be acknowledged. Key persons who have served as director, director general, and chief executive will be acknowledged at the exhibition’s opening ceremony. Sir James Mancham who was the only Seychellois on board of the BOAC inaugural flight will feature amongst the guest of honour.

The exhibition will officially be opened on July 4th at the 10 am at the National Arts Gallery in Victoria. It will run until July 9th for the public from 10am to 4pm.




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